Our Lad/Our Lass - My boyfriend or husband/girlfriend or wife.
Our ‘ouse - My house.
Over the Border - An area of Middlesbrough that good boys and girls should never venture. The old area of Middlesbrough (St. Hilda's), arrived at by going under the railway bridge at the bottom of Albert Road.
Tret - Past tense of 'treat', can refer to treating someone, or treatment received.
"I tret our mam to tea last night." / “They tret me badly when I was there.”
Tungie - Turnip.
Twoc - Steal - from police term 'Taking Without Owner's Consent'.
Twerk - Where a Teessider goes in the morning.
Us - Me.
“Can you pass us that over here please.”
Velvet City - Portrack.
Village, the - The south end of Linthorpe Road.
Wadded - Someone who has a lot of money.
“He’s proper wadded him like.”
Well aye! - 'Of course!!'
Welshways - Way of carrying a baby in a shawl. The baby could be discreetly breast fed under the shawl.
Werk - Work.
Werld - World.
What it is right - Way of opening a conversation, usually comes before something people won't want to hear. Likely to result in chew.
“What it is right, last night I...”
Wilderness, the - Stretch of open land, which bordered on the main Middlesbrough to Stockton road.
Woollyback - Rural Clevelander / North Yorkshire person.
Would you dare / would you dare though - 'I would not dream of doing that.'
“Would you dare be you though.”
Wouldn’t Dare - Said in reference to something you wouldn’t dream of doing.
“Eeeeee, I wouldn’t dare me like.”
Yerjokinarnyer? - 'I do hope that is not true'.
Young’un - Brother/sister.
Youse - You people.
“Youse had better pack that in like.”
Derty Werk Shert by John Christie
There's a gadgie down the road I think they call him Mike Finishes every other sentence with "Ya know worra mean like" He says "Eh" when he's heard ya and "Jokin arn ya" when you're not He loves parmo in a bun and always eats em too hot
He goes all over with their young un, gives him a croggy on his bike Their lass does his head in, ya know worra mean like He'll call ya a Doyle if ya do summat wrong He'll be at the club Thursdays cos' they'll have a tern on
Club's going down the pan, they all are round here Nowhere for a bit a'crack and a pint of cheap beer No sense of community or society in this town He'll preach from his barstool and he'll proper swear down
He used to play Sunday footy and now he's on the darts team He's proper Teesside Mike ya know worra mean He's got an old faded Boro tattoo on the top of his arm Tells ya how he used to go to Away games...all the tarm
He used to be a Plater, till they all got the sack Now he goes on crap schemes while he's on the pancrack He would pile on the tarzy and go raid the oggy And he was a top beck jumper as a junior smoggy
From spencers and stay press and air-ware with segs To what they call leisurewear, in the sale, Sports Direct But he'll never leave here 'cos he loves Teesside, Mike Best place in the werld....Know worra mean like
In 2004, Vic Woods of the Lower Tees Valley Dialect Group compiled a glossary from questionnaires issued in the wider Teesside area, Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and the urban part of Redcar & Cleveland. It and additional information is collected on the TeesSpeak pages. We have republished entries here with his kind permission. Sadly, the website is no longer online.
Recordings of the Teesside accent were available in 2005's BBC Voices Project, but sadly the links no longer work.
In 2008 Mieka Smiles put together a Smogtionary for The Journal. We have republished entries here with her kind permission. She has added it to her current blog so people may comment with their favourite missing Boro phrases.